Long Overdue Update

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Utility Muffin Labs

So it's been a minute since I've had any updates here for The Metal Mortuary. Pardon me. I've been distracted by life, and unfortunately, life has a way of fucking with your hobbies. Anyways, since my last update, I've graduated from school and have been trying to financially support myself like an actual adult. It's time to move ahead with some legitimate goals for The Metal Mortuary. If you follow me on Facebook, you'll know that I've been doing my show Wednesday nights for the last few months. Unfortunately for the show, my actual WORK work load has changed, and I'll no longer be free Wednesday nights. This means. I'll be transitioning to weekly Podcast posts for my show, going forward. My hope is, at some point in the future, I'll be able to afford to go back to doing the show live. Until then, I'll be producing the show from home. 

A few of my goals moving forward: 
1. I plan on recording, editing and posting one new podcast every week. I plan on playing new songs every show. 
2. I want to write and post a new album review once a week. I'll still be taking music submissions from artists, as long as I have permission from them to play the music on my show. 
3. I'll be looking for anyone interested in submitting music reviews to post on the site. I cannot pay you (I'm not making any money doing this) but I can help you expand your reach, in a manner of speaking. 

If you're interested in submitting music, reviews or any other fun kinda stuff, email me here.   

At some point, when I can afford the space, I plan on spinning this off to its own website. Most of my ideas seem to hinge on finances, which aren't currently in abundance. 

Keep checking back here for more info, as I intend to update the bloggy blog regularly. 

Until then, keep it fucking brutal! 

 

News, Updates and Links to Other Stories.

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Hello, friends and fans. I'm just sitting down to iron out some updates for The Metal Mortuary. As the show and my goals for it become more cohesive, you'll see some alterations to the blog and the rest of my site, little by little. There are some things in my regular blog that I've copied to this blog, but there are some things too big and to unwieldy to move. Originally, this blog was intended as the spot for TMM podcast, but now it's a general purpose space for reviews, interviews and opinion - as well as recorded podcast work.

Here are a couple of important metal related items you should check out:

The Journey of the Stormbringer...

Labor Day, for most people, brings the typical out-door grilling, hot dogs, beer, and and the other fun stuff that has nothing to do with "labor". Anyways, this year, it was pretty standard fare for me as well. I got together with some friends, made some guacamole, and started to guzzle some Tom Collins and Guinness. 

So, after the buzz settled in, nice and warm, my buddy Chance and I started in on the sloppy music discussion, as is standard operating procedure when the libations are flowing. Chance, in his effort to turn me on to something that there's totally NO WAY I'd ever have heard of, starts telling me about an old metal band he thinks i'd like. As he begins to tell me the details of the band, it occurs to me that I totally know them. He tells me about this tape that he's acquired back when he was in high school, through a friend's dad, who apparently wrote for a metal zine, which were things people read before the internet...  

 Full Terror Assault Pics...

Keep checking back. I'm going to be posting some information about The Metal Mortuary. If you weren't aware, I'm going to be streaming live from home very soon. I plan on going live before Halloween, and I'm looking for some music submissions to play on my show. 

If you are in a metal band, or have friends who are, contact me here at the site or email me at themetalmortuary@gmail.com. 

 

 

Genrefication

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Since the very beginning of Heavy Metal, bands and musicians have sought to differentiate themselves from one another. With a slight change of style, a different riff, different clothes, or a few different influences, suddenly you have a new sub-genre. While this concept can, in fact, help to categorize metal or music in general, it really doesn’t seem to me to add anything to the culture of metal.

 I find the descent of metal into sub-sub-sub genres annoying. We all have bands we like and bands we don't like. I don't think you should disqualify any bands based solely on sub-genre, no more than you should validate them for the same reason. If you like the band, support them. If you don't, well, good on ya. Me, I like metal. More than that, I like music. Metal will always be my first and greatest love, but I like electronic music, I like pop music, I like experimental music and jazz music and blues and on and on. If someone can skillfully take elements from different places and make something interesting out of it, that's awesome. Doing so shouldn't be a way to further isolate people.

 What the fuck is “Post Metal”? Is that like metal music that comes after metal? What does “Crust” or “Sludge” as terms add to the music? Do we need to have something called DSBM or Djent or Mathcore?

 How does this labeling do anything but confuse and isolate? Do we need to classify our music the same way we classify insects? Maybe I'm rambling and maybe I have the wrong perspective, but I feel like Fear Factory and The Scorpions and king diamond and cannibal corpse all come from the same source. Yes, they are all very different, but the concept is just the same. If you ask me, I'm just a metal head. If you like metal, I respect that. If you like metal I don't like, I respect that too.

 Individuality has always been the core of my personality, and no one should be shamed for striving towards that. That said, digging deeper into obscurity is not required to set yourself apart from others. What you do should differentiate you, not what you call what you do. To some degree, this type of sub-classification is impossible to escape, I have just always found it annoying and alienating. Long hair, short hair, leather or denim - we're all metal heads. Let's just be happy with that.